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CDC: High smoking rate among Native Americans continues to climb

Cigarette use by Native Americans, already the highest in the nation, grew to 38.9 percent at a time when most other ethnic groups saw their rates dropping, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Thursday. ... Read more»

Fatchecking the GOP's 'unvetted' refugees theme

A common Republican falsehood — a claim that Syrian refugees being admitted to the U.S. are “unvetted” — is beginning to infect campaign TV ads. All refugees seeking to enter the U.S. go through a screening process, with special measures for those from Syria. ... Read more»

Feud between Trump, Gold Star family echoes in Muslim groups

The war of words between Donald Trump and Gold Star father Khizr Khan echoed among the Muslim groups for and against the GOP presidential nominee this week, with each side seemingly becoming more entrenched in its position.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump’s faulty 'rigged' reasoning

Donald Trump said he’s worried about a “rigged” general election, citing “precincts where there were practically nobody voting for the Republican” in 2012. Voting experts said such outcomes in certain urban districts were entirely plausible given the demographics.... Read more»

Bordering on insecurity

What are your rights at U.S.-Mexico Border Patrol checkpoints?

Reporter Julian Aguilar answers a reader's question about what powers border agents have when questioning people at checkpoints.... Read more»3

VP nominee Mike Pence stumps for Trump in Tucson

Republican VP nominee Mike Pence promised to repeal the Affordable Care Act, renew the economy and deal with "Islamic terrorism" during a speech at the Fox Theatre in Tucson on Tuesday afternoon. ... Read more»

Trump misfires on debate claim

Donald Trump made the baseless accusation that the Hillary Clinton campaign was plotting to schedule two of three presidential debates on nights with NFL football games in order to limit viewership. The dates were set by the bipartisan Commission on Presidential Debates long before either Trump or Clinton secured their parties’ presidential nominations, and before the National Football League even announced its 2016 schedule. ... Read more»

Clinton narrowly leads Trump in Arizona poll

A post-convention poll released Tuesday shows Democrat Hillary Clinton with a three-point lead over Republican Donald Trump among Arizona voters, despite the GOP's usual statewide edge.... Read more»

Bergdahl's lawyers ask for charges to be dropped over McCain comments

The legal team for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl on Monday asked to have the charges against the former prisoner of war dismissed, arguing comments made by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain violated his due process rights. ... Read more»

Protect wolves or hunt them? Western states are in the crosshairs

As gray wolves multiply and come off endangered species lists in Western states, a new problem has emerged: Packs of wolves are harassing ranchers, their sheep and cattle. And states are trying to walk the line between the ranchers, who view the animals as an economic and physical menace, and environmentalists, who see their reintroduction as a success story.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump on torture

Donald Trump said that “enhanced interrogation … works.” But scientists have shown that the stress and pain induced by techniques like waterboarding can impair memory, and, therefore, inhibit a person from recalling information.... Read more»

Court ruling leaves undocumented immigrants' health care in limbo

Erica Torres is one of the estimated 1.4 million Californians who live without health insurance largely because they are undocumented. She was hopeful when President Obama expanded deportation-relief programs for immigrants — a controversial move that would have put government-subsidized health care within her reach.... Read more»

McCain slams Trump over attack on dead Muslim soldier's parents

Decorated war veteran and U.S. Senator John McCain denounced Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Monday for his attack on the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army officer killed in the Iraq war. ... Read more»1

Trump running mate Pence to make Tucson stop Tuesday

Mike Pence, the Republican nominee for vice president, will make a Tucson campaign stop on Tuesday in support of GOP standard bearer Donald Trump. What's being billed as a "town hall" will be held at the Fox Tucson Theatre.... Read more»

Gallego gets high marks for speech, convention leadership from delegates

Gallego was one of two Arizonans who addressed the convention Wednesday night, along with former Rep. Gabby Giffords. But it’s not just his speech that’s been garnering attention for Gallego, who got high marks from convention-goers for his leadership of the state’s delegation.... Read more»

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